SSSAA Policies can be access by clicking the appropriate policy listed below or by scrolling down.
- Code of Ethics
- Sports Criteria
- Transfer Policy
- Travel Subsidy
CODE OF ETHICS (return to TOP)
The integrity of schools, coaches, representative teams and competitors shall be above reproach. It is imperative that schools endeavour to honour all commitments. Competition should be in the spirit of friendly rivalry rather than enmity. Emphasis should at all times be on the activity rather than on the result.
Adults who work with students in interscholastic activities should present a positive role model for them to emulate. Students who represent a school in interscholastic activities must be creditable school citizens.
SSSAA recognizes that the school administration is responsible for all athletic programs and the conduct of all school representatives, whatever the level and location of the competition. In recognition of this authority and responsibility, the Association presents the following general guidelines.
Fair Play and Sportsmanship
All competitions must be conducted with a high standard of courtesy, fair play and sportsmanship. All those involved share this responsibility.
The coaches must demonstrate qualities of courtesy and good sportsmanship. These are evidenced by proper acceptance of officials’ judgment, positive encouragement of player performance and bench
Athletes must demonstrate qualities of courtesy and good sportsmanship by proper acceptance of officials’ judgment and by showing proper respect for opposing athletes as well as for team mates.
Spectators, both student and adult, must demonstrate courtesy and good sportsmanship by positive cheers of encouragement for their team, not against the opposing team. This is evidenced by the absence of booing and vulgarities. Spectators must also show proper acceptance of officials’ judgment. Artificial noisemakers are not permitted during SSSAA tournaments/events. These noisemakers may include but are not limited to: air horns, cow bells, plastic tube horns, garbage can lids, etc. The SSSAA championship host shall have the authority and the responsibility to eject from the competition facility individuals who, following a warning, refuse to comply with this requirement.
- Administrators and Teachers
Administrators and teachers must demonstrate courtesy and good sportsmanship by their positive examples.
Drugs and Alcohol
- SSSAA is opposed to athletes using any banned substance as identified by Sport Canada. It is equally opposed to the use of such substances by individuals in a position of leadership in school
sport (i.e., coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, etc.). In addition, SSSAA is opposed to any illegal and/or unethical physiological manipulation (i.e., blood doping, hormones) employed for the purpose of performance enhancement.
- SSSAA prohibits athletes consuming any alcoholic beverage while involved in SSSAA activities. It is opposed to the use of such substances by individuals in a position of leadership in school sport (i.e., coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, etc.) while involved in SSSAA
- SSSAA events are tobacco free events.
Discipline and Misconduct
- General Statements on Discipline
- The head coach, as a representative of the school, is responsible for the conduct of all personnel comprising the school’s team (players, assistant coaches and other bench personnel).
- For a coach to address, or permit anyone on his/her bench to address, uncomplimentary remarks to any official during the progress of a championship, or to indulge in conduct that might incite players or spectators against the officials, is a violation of the rules of the game and must likewise be considered conduct unworthy of a coach.
- Behaviour by any member of a team, including all bench personnel, deemed objectionable conduct as defined in the rule book for a sport shall be immediately subject to the penalty prescribed in the rule book for such an offense. In this situation during a game, the head official for the game shall be empowered to see that the penalty is carried out (including ejection of team personnel from the game site) to allow the game to continue, or, if necessary, to halt further play and award the game to the non-offending team. If an ejection results in a coach/teacher-supervisor to no longer be present with the team, the game will be forfeited.
- Fighting in any sport shall bring an automatic suspension for the remainder of that game plus suspension from the next scheduled game.
- Any player or coach ejected from a game will receive a automatic one game suspension. Appeals must be made in writing within 24 hours of the incident.
- Each suspension will be reviewed for possible further sanction.
- Any conduct including, but not limited to, ejections, fighting and drug and alcohol use, that results in dishonor to the athlete, the team, the school or SSSAA will not be tolerated. Team personnel guilty of misconduct during or immediately before or after a championship tournament game or activity shall be reported to the Activities Director in writing and by the game official or opposing coach with 24 hours after the misconduct occurs.
- Upon receiving a discipline report the Activities Director may, in his/her absolute discretion, conduct an investigation into the matters described in that discipline report. During the course of any investigation that the Activities Director undertakes, he/she shall be authorized to interview and obtain written statements from parties affected by the matters described in the discipline report. Upon concluding that investigation, the Activities Director shall report his/her findings to the SSSAA Executive, who may, in its absolute discretion, schedule a hearing involving all affected parties to determine whether disciplinary action is required and, if so, what disciplinary action shall be taken. The decision of the SSSAA Executive shall be final and binding upon all affected parties. After the hearing, further action may or may not be taken by the Executive. A written decision on potential further action will be submitted to the school principal and other relevant parties.
Good sportsmanship cannot be legislated;
it must be a goal toward which the Association and its members strive.
HIGH STANDARDS OF COURTESY, FAIR PLAY, AND SPORTSMANSHIP MUST FEATURE ALL ASSOCIATION COMPETITIONS.
While this rule is a general statement and one, which may be difficult to reduce to objective standards in terms of enforcement, it is the heart of the entire Association program. Good sportsmanship, respect for rules, respect for others, and fair play are basically the motives through which an interscholastic athletic program is justified and defended.
SPORTS CRITERIA (return to TOP)
Criteria to be recognized as a SSSAA sanctioned sport:
- that there be a definite training season
- that this training season for the student athletes be lead primarily by teacher coaches
- that there be a minimum number of practices for the sport as set out by the Activities Director
- that there be a regularly scheduled practice period throughout the season
- that a sport not participated in by the SSSAA schools for a period of two years be up for review
A SSSAA championship will require 4 or more participating schools. If there are fewer than 4 schools a SSSAA representative may be determined through an adapted playing schedule.
TRANSFER POLICY (return to TOP)
WHO NEEDS TO APPLY?
Every student-athletes who transfers from one high school to another, regardless of circumstance (i.e. didn't play sports, moved with parents, etc.), must apply to SSSAA for eligibility.
Out of country exchange students do not need to apply to participate. They are not considered a transfer student.
SSSAA abides by the OFSAA Transfer Policy with SSSAA modifications (section E) for all SSSAA competitions.
Transfer students are automatically ineligible unless they are made eligible by the SSSAA Eligibility Committee.
Applications must be submitted to the SSSAA Eligibility Committee 24 hours prior to the meeting dates.
Meetings take place immediately following the SSSAA Board of Directors meetings, normally held on the first Tuesday of each month (please refer to the master calendar on the main page).
A special eligibility meeting will be held during the second week of school in September to deal with first season transfers.
Please click below to access the policy and application form.
SSSAA Transfer Form 2014
APPEALING A DECISION
Appeals to the SSSAA Eligibility Committee decisions must be made in writing along with a $50 fee (refundable if the appeal is successful) within one week of receiving notice of the decision. The student, who may be accompanied by parents, guardians, coaches, etc., will receive notice of the appeal meeting within 5 days. The appeal is heard by a completely new group of committee members.
If the appeal is unsuccessful, the student-athlete may wish to appeal the decision to OFSAA. It is the student-athletes responsibility to meet OFSAA requirements in terms of deadlines and necessary documentation.
The OFSAA Transfer Policy ... A Brief History
- in existence since 1986
- originally developed out of a concern that players were congregating at certain schools for sports
- the development of "powerhouses" was affecting local leagues and creating very uneven playing fields
- students who lived in the school area and went to their home school were being displaced by out-of-area athletes, especially at the senior level
- student-athletes moved to get a higher profile in sport in an effort to obtain American scholarships
- transferring was often a result of recruiting, direct or indirect, often by other students or after exposure to school coaches at summer sport camps, and this is against OFSAA philosophy
- the transfer of student-athletes out of a school often weakened a program sufficiently thus causing it to fold
- often looked upon as a "metropolitan/urban" problem; it may be more prevalent in these areas as the ease of attending schools is a factor, it became evident that it affects all areas of the province
- the role of school sport is to provide good competition with a sound participation basis and sportsmanship component, not the development of elite athletes or profile athletes for scholarship purposes
- through the years the policy has been reviewed and changes have been made to reflect concerns by Associations
OFSAA Transfer Appeal Dates & Deadlines (click here)
Students are encouraged to file their transfer appeals early in the school year even if they play a winter or spring sport. This will ensure that deadlines are not missed and that eligibility status is determined well in advance of the season.
An "application" to appeal an Association decision is a phone call to the OFSAA office giving the name of the student and his/her school name as well as the name of the principal of the school. The phone call can be made by the student, coach, parent or other individual. A letter will be sent to the student, c/o the principal, telling him/her the date, time and place of the appeal hearing. The letter outlines what information the student must provide prior to the meeting date.
TRAVEL SUBSIDY (return to TOP)
Provincial Travel Subsidy
- $200 per athlete
- Maximum amount allowed per sport:
- cross country
- top 3 individuals, top 2 teams (nobody lower then 5th, not including qualifying team members, may represent) up to 40 student-athletes
- track & field
- top individual (possibility of others depending on other Northern entries) up to 40 student-athletes
- top two per weight class (not going lower then 3rd place) up to 40 student-athletes
- Only first place teams will be funded for team sports
- $200 per coach
- $200 per same sex supervisor (if necessary)
- Number of coaches for individual sports that will be funded is based on a coach/athlete ratio of 1:8
- Proof of those traveling (i.e. plane tickets) must be submitted prior to receiving funding.
- All funds will be transferred into the schools transportation account and must be accessed from there or tickets will be pre-purchased and the balance owed will be paid by the school.
SSSAA Travel Account
- Account will be used for NWOSSAA expenses (travel, referees fees, custodial costs).
- $50 per athlete, coach or same sex supervisor (if necessary) to a maximum of $750 for teams/individuals traveling to NWOSSAA.
- The following member schools of SSSAA have the ability to access this account for NWOSSAA travel (Churchill, Hammarskjold, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, Superior, Westgate).
- Cheques will be forwarded to the schools to cover these travel allowances.